With numerous councils introducing electronic chips in residents’ rubbish bins, the debate continues as to what the chips actually accomplish.
Some argue their trash containers being tagged and monitored is an unreasonable intrusion. Grantham local Brynley Heaven has outraged his council by not only removing his chips, but offering to do the same for other villagers—for free.
Heaven believes there is a ‘hidden agenda’ to the bugs, whereas the council insists the chips are necessary for electronically activating lorry dumpers.
In Mid Suffolk, waste and environmental services manager Paul Lewis has explained that the chips are merely for identification purposes, but the story claims that trash ‘spying’ is taking place in other parts of the East of England.
Meanwhile, Swindon council has taken a very strong stance against those who would question their rules regarding chipped bins and trash collection: ‘We have the right to tell people what they can and can not put in their dustbin and can prosecute anyone who ignores the rules’, they announced in an official statement.
The strong wording resulted from a dispute regarding how much waste a resident could reasonable expect to be removed. Swindon has explained their chipping policy, and also argue it is merely for identification purposes.
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